Posts tagged "China"
Xianxia Lu

Xianxia Lu

Xianxia Lu (仙霞路) is the main commercial and arterial road through Shanghai’s Japanese expatriate area in Changning District. The community is not so dense nor its boundaries concrete enough to call it an enclave, it’s more a center of gravity for Japanese and some Korean residents in the city. Mei and I went for an...
Lujiazui

Lujiazui

On the afternoon of Christmas Eve 2016, Mei and I headed across the Huangpu River to Lujiazui (陆家嘴) in search of a Christmas market held at one of the large hotels there. Lujiazui is Shanghai’s modern financial and business district, directly facing the historic one across the river. It’s also the base of all the...
Fuzhou Lu

Fuzhou Lu

On a brisk but sunny day in 2016 December, Mei and I had a list of objectives for our afternoon walk: new books for her, a visit to the Waitan, and some camera tests. This brought us to Fuzhou Lu (福州路). Though this street is in what was once the British concession, an area which...
Beijing Dong Lu

Beijing Dong Lu

Mei and I have visited the Shanghai Yinxiang Cheng a few times, the closest thing we have to the electronics and instrument vendors of Akihabara Electric Town. We almost always eventually find what we need, though we usually have to hunt for some time. That’s part of the fun. Occasionally a vendor will tell us...
Minhang Development Zone and Xinzhuang

Minhang Development Zone and Xinzhuang

About a year prior to the time of writing, my daughter Mei and I began making mini expeditions to parts of Shanghai we hadn’t seen before. Though we moved here at the end of 2014, between adjusting to a new place, new people, new school, new sibling, etc., it took a while before we’d felt...
Hongkou Zhabei Walk

Hongkou Zhabei Walk

This past October during China’s “golden week”, the mandated national holiday that annually floods every tourist site several times over capacity and brings transit arteries to a crashing halt, my family and I did what we usually do, stay close to home and enjoy the quiet. When we want to go out, we look for...
Sichuan Bei Lu Jiedao

Sichuan Bei Lu Jiedao

On this particular trip, I made a short walk around a neighborhood in Hongkou District (虹口区) while out on an errand. The route goes from Ha'erbin Lu through Hailun Lu and Siping Lu returning to the metro Hailun Road Station. The area appears to be in Sichuan Bei Lu Jiedao (四川北路街道), along the border with...
Ippudo Beijing Opening Day

Ippudo Beijing Opening Day

Before today, there was no ramen in Beijing worth eating. (My deskmate in Mandarin class is from Kansai and will back me up on this.) While this is far from Ippudo’s first foray into Mainland China—multiple shops in Shanghai, Guangzhou, and even one in Shenzhen have been well-received—Beijing finally gets in the game with its...
A Day Lived in Jinhua

A Day Lived in Jinhua

Jinhua (金华) is a prefecture-level city in China’s Zhejiang Province. It counts population of 5.4 million in its administrative division, putting it roughly on par with the Atlanta metro area. In China scale however, it would generally be considered a third-tier city, with the second consisting of cities like larger, wealthier neighbor Hangzhou (pop. 8.7...
Intercity Rail in China

Intercity Rail in China

I’ve been following general political and business developments in China for the past three years, and specifically looking at public transit infrastructure for about the last 18 months. I would be exaggerating if I said I had gained more than a superficial outsider’s understanding of either. At the moment, I still rely on English language...
Tianzifang

Tianzifang

Beijing has its hutongs (胡同), but in Shanghai shikumen (石库门) is the iconic and often over-romanticized endangered historic architectural species of note. Street photographers like Sue Ann Tay capture the decay and ultimate loss of many of these places, as development in Shanghai moves ahead at breakneck speed, pushing aside more and more of what...
Shanghai Metro Zhongshan Park Station

Shanghai Metro Zhongshan Park Station

On the China leg of a recent trip to Asia, visiting family and downtime were the orders of the day. A hop over to Tokyo for several days of running around photographing and filming some of the world’s best transit oriented development was my main course in terms of Third Place Media portfolio work, but...